A New Way to Color Your Stamped Images with Marker

Recently, my mom showed me a new way to try coloring in your images with your markers.  To show me what she was talking about she created this card:

It uses the new Flower Shop stamp set and punch sitting atop the stem from Field Flowers.  Great idea, huh?

Now, to do the coloring, she took a lighter colored marker (in this case, the Crisp Cantaloupe marker) and then swiped one side of the marker tip along the side of the Calypso Coral ink pad.  This gives you a darker side to the marker. 

Then you can color in your stamped image and twist your marker as you are coloring so you end up getting both tones forming a cute spectrum of color on your image.  Now if it is a little hard to see, she created the following examples to help show it better:

On the left is a flower colored in with a blender pen, the middle is using the two-tone effect, and the right flower is colored in only using the Crisp Cantaloupe marker.  There was more of a difference between the three than I expected!

And I thought the whole card was a neat idea so I created a simpler version to send out as a customer thank you card this month.  So if you’ve placed a Stampin’ Up! order with me in June, you’ll have one of these in your inbox soon!

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:
Stamps – Flower Shop, Field Flowers, Petite Pairs
Ink – Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe marker
Paper – Whisper White, Subtles Designer Series Paper stack (top card), Pistachio Pudding cardstock (bottom card)
Accessories – Posy Punch, Itty Bitty punch pack, Pearls, Distressing tool


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Last Chance to get FREE Hostess benefits for only $100

Have you joined in on the Everyone’s a Winner Event yet?  I’ll be drawing for hostess benefit spots this evening and would love to give some to you too!

How does it work?  It’s easy!

  1. Check out the new Annual catalog and start building your wishlist.  Then share the catalog with your friends and family so they can start putting together their wishlist too.
  2. Send me your order of $100 or more, or enter it online using the hostess code (HGTANH33)
  3. You get FREE STUFF!

Normally, you need to purchase $150 in order to receive $25 in free hostess product.  By combining like this, EVERYONE is a winner!  Everyone will receive EITHER $26 in product OR one 1/2 price item!  WOW! This is so cool!


(Prizes are based on ten $100 (or more!) orders. Prizes MAY increase or decrease depending on how many are participating. I will place the names of all participants in a hat and pick winners.

  • 6 people will receive $26.00 in free merchandise from the current Catalog.
    That’s better than having a $150.00 workshop~ for only $100.00!!!
    And have you seen the hostess stamp sets?  I think they are the best yet!  And you can only get them with Hostess Dollars!
  • 4 people will get a half price item of choice.
    You could get a Big Shot for half price … a $50.00 savings,
    or a set of Stampin’ Write Markers at half price saving over $54.00,
    or a whole family of the new stamp pads for half price..saving $25.00,
    or the Big Shot Alphabet dies for a savings of $45!  WOW!

Offer ends Sunday, June 23 at 11:59 PST.

So, I hope you can join me and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who is supporting me and helping me get closer to earning the incentive trip as well! Smile


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Fun & Easy Birthday Card with Banner Greetings

imageWhat do you think of when you see a stamp set that is full

of stamp images that look like flags? 

Well, I imagined banners, but don’t ask me why, but I never thought to make little flags with it.  But, thank goodness for other creative stampers out there!

My mom created this card and when I saw it, I thought it was a brilliant way to use these stamps!

She stamped the Happy Birthday image twice (once in Island Indigo and once in Tangerine Tango) and then cut them out and attached them to the ends of toothpicks.  Voila!  You have adorable flags for your projects!

tip: to adhere the banners to toothpicks, I recommend using the Tombow Liquid Glue along the straight edge of the stamped image.  You can also leave some extra white paper to the left of the stamped image and roll that around the toothpick to create your flag as well.

And yes – you have to cut these out by hand.  Sorry. Smile 

Tuck them behind a piece of the Natural Trim ribbon and you can’t even see the ends of your toothpicks and the tape or glue you had to use to adhere them to your card front.

Card Supplies Used:
Stamps – Banner Greetings
Ink – Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango
Paper – Tangerine Tango cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Quatrefancy specialty designer paper
Accessories – Natural Trim ribbon, toothpicks

Now the only catch with this stamp set is that you can only order it using Hostess dollars.  So, basically you can only earn it as a free stamp set instead of just ordering it off the website.  However, you have a few options for getting it:

  1. Host a private class or workshop and collect $150 or more in orders
  2. Place a $150 order yourself
  3. Join my Stamp Club and earn it free your hosting month


Get it free if you join in my Everyone’s a Winner Event by this Sunday, 6-23-13!  Then you’ll only need to place a $100 order or workshop and you’ll get $26 in hostess benefits free!


Just let me know that you want your own set and we’ll figure out getting it for you right away!  Just shoot me an email at jennifer@nwstamper.com and we’ll do it!


Frosted Glass Butterfly Technique and Card

As I get ready for Monday’s Terrific Techniques: Fun with Washi class, I was looking over a card I made recently using the Best of Butterflies stamp set.  (You know, because it was one of my few samples right now that uses washi)

I was playing with Vellum and thought it would be really pretty to create a softly colored butterfly image.  Its super easy to do too!

All you have to do is:

  1. Stamp your image on Vellum using Stazon Ink
  2. Flip over your Vellum paper (so inked side is down) and start coloring using markers. 
    I recommend coloring with your darker color first because the first color you ink will be the top layer you see when you flip over the stamped image.
  3. Cut out your image
  4. Adhere to your card base using a glue dot behind part of your image that is solid black.

And TA-DA!  You have a totally cool looking butterfly!


Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:
Stamps – Best of Butterflies, Seasonal Sayings
Ink – Stazon, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight marker, Pumpkin Pie marker, Cajun Craze marker
Paper – Calypso Coral cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Vellum cardstock
Accessories – This and That washi tape, Glue dots


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Colorful Flower using the Mosaic Punch & Pressed Clay

imageOk, I’ll admit it.  I wasn’t sold on the Pressed Clay when Stampin’ Up! announced it’s release during the demonstrator preorder in advance of the new Annual Catalog launch.  I kept hearing people get all excited about it but I didn’t order it because I couldn’t see myself actually using it.

Wanna know what just showed up in my recent order? 

Yup, that is right!  The clay!

My mom, Kathy Thisted, ordered the clay and molds during the preorder and so I figured I’d make one or two to samples to show.  But I found once I got started playing it, I had a hard time stopping. ha ha!  Its kind of like being 5 again and playing with play doh.  Once you get started there are endless possibilities of what you can create!

So while I haven’t gotten all my experiments photographed, I had to share with you one cool sample that she shared with me recently.  Check it out:

Its this cool mashup of a bunch of new products in ways I never would have thought to do (isn’t that why sharing is awesome?!)  She took the Mosaic punch to punch out the petals and then stamped each one with the Mosaic Madness stamp set.  Then she dyed some Simply Pressed Clay with Daffodil Delight reinker and pressed it into the flower mold to create the pretty center.  Creative, no?

Card Supplies used:
Stamps – Mosaic Madness, Field Flowers, Sweet Essentials
Ink – Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Baked Brown Sugar, Daffodil Delight reinker
Paper – Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories – Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Clay Molds, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Bone Folder


So if you haven’t tried out the clay yet, you totally should!  Its easier to work with than I expected and has tons of potential.  I’ll try to get photos taken but I’ve seen:

  • Coloring with a marker
  • Multiple color coloring
  • Using the molds
  • Creating an impression with stamps
  • Creating an impression with a decorative brad
  • Turning molded images into brads
  • Creating a shiny accent with Crystal Effects
  • Heat embossing the finished embellishment

And I’m sure there are more ideas I haven’t even seen or come up with yet!

So, leave a comment with your ideas if you have been playing or pick up some clay today and start experimenting!

New 2013 Stampin’ Up! Color Comparisons

Have you seen the new colors that have come out and found yourself wondering “Isn’t Smoky Slate the same as the retired Going Grey?” or “Is that Strawberry Slush really that pink?” 

I’ve always loved seeing what the new colors look like compared to the other colors in the Stampin’ Up! family (to help me get a feel for what the colors are really like).  And with us gaining 10 new core colors this month plus the 5 new In Colors, I thought there might be a lot of wondering going on. 

So, I grabbed my new colors and then similar colors (current and retired) and photographed the spectrums for you so you could get a feel how the new colors fit in.  (sorry I missed the yellows and purples so I don’t have Crushed Curry or Wisteria Wonder up, but I should have everything else!)


New colors shown:  Smoky Slate


New colors shown: Strawberry Slush


New colors shown: Crisp Cantaloupe, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral


New colors shown: Pear Pizzazz, Pistachio Pudding

Light Blues

New colors shown: Pool Party, Soft Sky


New colors shown: Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana


New colors shown: Baked Brown Sugar


So, I hope that was helpful!  If you have any questions or need any other comparison pictures just let me know!

And if you find yourself needing one of those new colors, you can pick them up today through the Online StoreOr even better, get them free as part of my Everyone’s a Winner event! 


Elegant Embossed Vellum Card

Its been a busy week and I’m suddenly realizing how much I still need to catch up on!  I’ve been reorganizing my craft room to make space for all the new catalog goodies that just came in…of course in the process I’ve discovered items that I forgot I had and really need to use more!  One of those items is Vellum

I have had a pack sitting on my shelf for a while and had completely forgotten about it, so a few weeks ago, I ran a Terrific Techniques class all about Vellum.  This card was one of my favorites from the class:

You start out by running a piece of vellum through your Big Shot with an embossing folder (in this case I used the Flower Garden embossing folder).  Then on the back side of your vellum, I grabbed my Sponge Daubers and sponged my colors as if to color in the embossed image.

The cool thing is that by sponging the back side of your vellum, it gives a pretty, soft glow to the front of your image.  And when you think you have made it too dark on the back, it turns out to be just perfect on the front!

Adhere your vellum to the front of your card by glueing it to the front of a white cardbase and add a strip of patterned paper to the edge for an accent.

I finished it off by punching out a sentiment from the fabulous Petite Pairs stamp set and sponging it with the same Wisteria Wonder sponge dauber I used for coloring in the back of the flowers.  And if you don’t have this stamp set yet, don’t forget it is available for 25% off until June 30th!



Check out all the greeting stamp sets that are available in the June 25% off sale!

So grab your vellum and embossing folders and experiment with what fun designs you can create. Smile